Writing slumps can happen for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re down in the dumps, or maybe life’s just been throwing so much at you that it’s more important to bask in the glow of it (or process it) than even try to write it down. Being newly married, I’m not going to be too hard on myself for letting my writing sit by the wayside for a while. But as I sort the pieces of my new life and enjoy the process, I see that writing has a place here.
Through grade school and beyond I was a letter writer, often on the lookout for pen-pals to send my streams of inexhaustible thoughts. I was also a happy reader, allowed by homeschooling to explore my interests to my heart’s desire through the interlibrary loan system. College dimmed both of these healthy habits, surrounding me constantly with people so I had no need to write letters for social interaction, and requiring reading that was far from interesting or fun.
I fell out of my habit of digesting and creating words and I’m still working to undo what college did there. And slowly, I’m beginning to see that the missing ingredient is enthusiasm. Unquashed enthusiasm drives thirst for knowledge and the desire to share what one’s found with others. It also makes one want to get up in the morning! What’s the trick for finding your old enthusiasm when it’s been lost for years under bills and piles of assignments and responsibilities?
Just watch yourself. I’ll bet there are still some things that get you fired up.
Pay attention to what takes you out of your everyday going-about-your-business self and throws you for a loop of surprise, or joy, or even anger. Notice what gets you riled up, for good or for bad, and start writing about it!
Catch that spark and make it glow.